SPFL calls EGM after requisitions from Hearts, Rangers & Stranraer

Hearts chair Ann Budge, Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson and Stranraer chairman Iain Dougan

The SPFL has called an extraordinary general meeting for 12 May after requisitions by Rangers, Hearts and Stranraer.

Rangers have called for an independent inquiry into the ballot on ending the lower-league season.

The Ibrox club have also stated they will produce evidence supporting their stance “well in advance” of a meeting.

An SPFL-commissioned investigation into Dundee’s belatedly decisive vote found “no evidence of impropriety”.

After Dundee retracted their no vote and backed the SPFL proposal, it was passed by an 81% majority of clubs, prematurely ending the Championship and Leagues One and Two because of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, Stranraer have been relegated from League One.

The resolution also provided a mandate for the Premiership to be cut short, which would relegate Hearts, but the top flight could yet be played to a conclusion. Separately, a task force is assessing possible league restructuring.

Rangers said the SPFL’s investigation into Dundee’s yes vote “alarmingly failed to examine wider fundamental issues” and suggested a broader inquiry can help restore “confidence” in the league body.

The Scottish Premiership outfit previously claimed to have a “dossier of evidence” and proof of clubs being “bullied” by the SPFL to vote in favour of the resolution. In a ballot, Rangers’ call for an investigation would need the support of 32 of the 42 member clubs for it to pass.

The SPFL is required to hold a general meeting of all 42 clubs if it receives requests from three members and the organisation’s board said on Monday it had met “to consider requisitions by Heart of Midlothian FC, Rangers FC and Stranraer FC calling for an EGM to consider a resolution put forward by them”.

“The board considered the request and has now called an EGM for 11am on Tuesday 12 May,” the statement added.

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